In our walk with God it is of vital importance that we know what is God’s will for us. And this great Scripture doesn’t leave us in uncertainty.
“This is the will of God: your sanctification”
(1 Thessalonians 4:3). God’s will is that we should be sanctified.
So as we seek sanctification, this is a great encouragement. If we were ever questioning whether God wants to sanctify us or not, there should be no doubt remaining in us. God wants us to be sanctified.
Sometimes in our prayers we may come to Him and try to convince Him to want our sanctification. We may think that somehow we should pray to change His mind and make Him desire our sanctification. We may sometimes wonder whether He wants our sanctification as much as we want it.
Well, this should not be so. I had these problems myself, but the Lord straightened me out. God wants our sanctification. He knows the benefits of it better than we do, and He wants us to have them accordingly. He loves us more than we love ourselves, and He wants to bless us according to His love.
In fact, God has payed a very great price for our sanctification.
We know well John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
This Scripture says that God loved the world so much, that He gave Jesus, that through faith in Him we should have eternal life. Wonderful!
Now let’s see, how Jesus loved us:
“Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her”
(Ephesians 5:25). The Father loved the world, and this moved Him to give Jesus for us. Jesus loved the church, and this moved Him to give himself for His bride.
The Father gave Jesus, so that we could have eternal life through Him. But Jesus gave Himself for the church for another purpose:
“Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify it”
(Ephesians 5:25-26). Jesus gave Himself for us, His beloved church, that He might sanctify us. This is the price that Jesus payed for our sanctification: He gave
It is God’s very earnest desire that we should be sanctified. How much we want something is shown by the price we are willing to pay for it. We are willing to work for money. We are willing to give money for things. But when it came to our sanctification, Jesus was willing to give His all for it. He gave Himself!
Jesus is in love. He is burning with love for His bride, the church. He wants to marry His church. And He will marry the church after He completed the work He is doing in her. Let’s read Ephesians 5:25-27.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
One encouraging fact about God is, that whatever He wants, He does it.
“Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases”
In fact, in Revelations we can even read about the scene, when Jesus will marry His church. Jesus desires to marry us, and He will marry us. Jesus wants us to become beautiful, and we will be beautiful. Jesus wants us to be glorious, and we will be glorious. Jesus wants us to be holy, and we will be holy. Glory to our wonderful Savior!